My Culinary Icon

By Chef Jeffrey Paige, Cotton Restaurant, New Hampshire

Julia Child was one of my culinary mentors and treasured friends. I first met Julia on August 15, 1990 when I cooked her a birthday luncheon in Litchfield, NH on Ken Ryan’s organic vegetable farm. We would later cook again, this time to celebrate the publication of my new cookbook, The Shaker Kitchen, in September of 1994. Julia joined me at Canterbury Shaker Village where we taped a segment for Good Morning America. We kept up our friendship over the years through dinners in Boston and letters when she resided on the West coast to avoid New England winters.

About Jeffrey Paige

Jeffrey Paige was named one of the most promising chef’s of the 90′s by Yankee Magazine, New Hampshire Magazine and The Boston Globe. His culinary artistry, couple with his appreciation for New England’s rich culinary history and love for the Shakers, was the inspiration for creating the award-winning experience at Canterbury Shaker Village. Find more information at the Cotton Restaurant website.

About Julia Child Restaurant Week

Julia Child Restaurant week features more than 100 restaurants across the country and honors the contributions and legacy of Ms. Child. Events will kick off on August 7 and run through her 100th birthday on August 15. Each restaurant will feature special menus or events inspired by the 100 most beloved Julia Child recipes. To learn more and see what restaurants are participating near you, visit: jc100.tumblr.com.